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grainy (adj.)

1610s, "full of grains," from grain + -y (2). Photographic sense is from 1900. In Middle English, grain also was used as an adjective, "like grain, lumpy, spotted" (early 15c.). Related: Graininess.

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Definitions of grainy from WordNet

grainy (adj.)
composed of or covered with particles resembling meal in texture or consistency;
the photographs were grainy and indistinct
Synonyms: farinaceous / coarse-grained / granular / granulose / gritty / mealy
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